State Law: Maine


This information is intended to familiarize women with employment discrimination law in Maine, so that they may assess the strengths of any claims they may have, and understand their rights so that they may informatively talk to their employers. Generally, the Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA) makes it illegal to treat women differently then men in employment, except when based on a "bona fide occupational qualification" (the relevant sections will explain what this means). While the focus here is on sex, it should be noted that the MHRA also makes it illegal to discriminate based on race or color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, age, or ancestry or national origin. Women should read the Filing Procedures section to understand the process involved in bringing a claim and what remedies they should expect.

Anyone seriously considering taking legal action should consult an attorney. Women should also be aware that those who take their cases to court are not often successful, and large awards are rare. Women may be more successful pursuing alternative dispute resolution methods such as those offered by the Maine Human Rights Commission (MHRC), where all claims must begin.


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What if I don't want to sue?

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